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BCaBA Certification Preparation Programs

BCaBA Certification Preparation Programs
Becoming a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

BCaBA stands for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. This level of certification requires an undergraduate degree, several courses related to Behavior Analysis, less than a year of supervised practice, and passing an International Exam in behavior analysis. (more...)

The Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) awards the BCaBA credential to individuals who have met coursework, degree, fieldwork and examination requirements.

BCaBA Career Overview
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Note on National and State Certifications:
BACB accredited programs prepare professionals for the nationally and internationally recognized BCBA or BCaBA certifications. Every State recognizes these certifications for ABA professionals.
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Ashford University Online

Applied Behavioral Science
Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science is a generalist degree with an interdisciplinary emphasis. Providing a foundation from the social and behavioral sciences, the degree program teaches students to utilize critical thinking to understand behavior and solve societal problems at the individual, family, and community level. An interdisciplinary approach is utilized to assist students in developing an overview of the diversity of societal problems, and the interdisciplinary framework for solutions.

Applied Linguistics
Bachelor of Arts

Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on the practical problems of language-related issues in order to improve the lives of individuals and conditions in society. This major draws from courses in anthropology, English, psychology, sociology, education, and more. Students in this major will address topics such as: how languages can best be learned and taught, social factors that affect language learning, and how technology can be used to contribute to the effectiveness of language teaching and learning. A Bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics provides students with valuable training for many opportunities following graduation, and for continuing on to graduate degrees in specialized areas of the field.

Cognitive Studies
Bachelor of Arts

Cognitive Studies is a versatile degree offering which includes the study of the mind, brain, and learning. This is a growing field of study due to technological advances that have allowed us to examine the brain and brain functioning. This degree is an interdisciplinary study with courses in psychology, education, and neuroscience.

Child Development
Bachelor of Arts

The Child Development major will focus on a comprehensive study of children (infancy through adolescence), and the family, cultural, peer, school and neighborhood contexts that influence the development of children. With an increasing attention to the importance of factors impacting the development of children, the Child Development major will provide investigation and knowledge of the development of children.

Grand Canyon University Online

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree provides a science-based core curriculum that guides your knowledge of human behavior to measurable research and theorems based on study results, scientific observation, data collection and analysis. Combined with competency courses that boost communication and critical thinking skills, as well as understanding the Christian worldview, our multidisciplinary degree program helps you find a place in many different arenas.

Colorado Technical University Online

Bachelor of Science

Colorado Technical University's Bachelor of Science in Psychology - general concentration is designed to prepare students to successfully navigate in the 21st century workplace, in a variety of careers that focus on the business of people, including but not limited to work in management, administration, research, and sales. It is positioned to provide an overview of the major psychological concepts, perspectives, and skills that explain human behavior. The degree has four themes threading through it: workplace application of psychology, career advancement, technological acumen, and service to society. The degree can help prepare students with the critical thinking, problem-solving, analytical frameworks, communication, and leadership skills which define success in the marketplace.

Saint Leo University Online

Bachelor of Arts

Required courses for the 39- hour Bachelor of Arts psychology major are designed to provide students with a well-rounded education in the discipline while affording students the ability to tailor their education to meet individual needs. Majors will be able to select one of four tracks, or specializations within psychology: General, Developmental, Clinical/Counseling, or Experimental. Graduates of the program are prepared for advanced study in psychology and related disciplines as well as employment in professional entry-level positions in human service settings and mental health facilities. A psychology major is also an excellent way for students to prepare for careers in law, business, human resources management, advertising, and sales. Psychology majors are encouraged to become involved in research and/or to complete a practicum or internship in the field depending on their chosen concentration.

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Prevalence of Autism

Since its first studies in 2000, the CDC has seen a steady and strong rise in the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The latest data from the CDC shows that 1 in 68 children were identified with ASD.

In the same report, the CDC noted that:
  • ASDs are reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

  • ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).

  • About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism.
Applied Behavior Analysis
A Growing Treatment of Choice

Over the past 60 years, applied behavior analysis has become recognized as the treatment of choice for behavior problems associated with mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders, brain injury, and other disorders. Many people also recognize that applied behavior analysis is capable of producing remarkable results in classroom learning. Behavior Analysis is also recognized as "best practices" in the field of autism, behavioral health, addiction, and corrections.

Why Applied Behavior Analysis Is the Premium Intervention for Autism

BCaBA Certification Requirements

The BCaBA certification requires an acceptable degree, acceptable coursework, acceptable practical experience, and passing the BCaBA examination.

Applicants must possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a qualifying accredited institution. The bachelor's degree may be in any discipline.

Coursework must come from a qualifying accredited institution and cover the required content outlined in the BACB's Fourth Edition Task List and Course Content Allocation documents. Only courses where the applicant was formally enrolled and earned a passing grade (“C” or better for graded courses) are acceptable.

Coursework may come from an Approved Course Sequence (ACS), although other coursework may also be acceptable.

ACS Coursework: The BACB works with institutions to identify and approve sequences of classes that meet the BACB’s coursework requirements. When applicants present a transcript with a passing grade, students do not need to submit the course syllabi with their applications for exam.

Other Coursework: Coursework that is not from an approved course sequence must be reviewed in order to determine whether it covered the required content for the minimum amount of instructional hours. The BACB will only make determinations about the acceptability of non-approved coursework as either (a) part of a formal application for exam or (b) an independent application for coursework evaluation.

A combination of ACS and other coursework may also be acceptable. Regardless of whether coursework is obtained from an ACS, every applicant must demonstrate that his or her coursework covered all of the required content for the minimum number of hours per category.

Applicants must complete experience that fully complies with all of the current Experience Standards. Applicants must carefully review the experience standards with their supervisor(s) before beginning their experience. Please note that these standards stipulate training requirements for supervisees and supervisors which must be completed before experience begins.

Applicants must take and pass the BCaBA exam. Authorization to take the exam is only provided to applicants who have submitted a complete exam application to the BACB, including all documentation necessary to demonstrate that they have met all of the criteria above.

Please refer to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and your State for current requirements and details.